In Loving Memory of David Burrow

(14th May 1945 – 15th April 2020)

David Burrow

Portrait by Norman Long

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.”

John Ruskin

My sister reminded this week, that I first met Dave as a little girl. Dave had been a longstanding friend of my late mum Catherine. Together they shared their health ups and downs, a common interest in Art and love of growing geraniums.

About 8 years ago mum asked me to help Dave, “The Artist” as she called him, to exhibit his art. And so I entered Dave’s world in his words as his ‘Manageress”.  My true role was to be his chauffeur to introduce him to new people and ‘Get his Art out into the World.

Painting was his Dave’s life. His passion for Cubism, sparked our language of colour from brunt umber, yellow ochre, cobalt blue, ultramarine to cadmium red and vermillion. His gift with the paintbrush, brought him alive. Art brought him rest from illness, a purpose and reason to connect with the world. Dave said:

“One of the reasons I love painting is that every brush stroke is part of me, my way of contributing something to the world.”

His expressive landscapes, his still-life, his geometric forms and white spaces, connected us with his deep inner world.

photo 1We would often go on adventures, sometimes Dave would be sad but soon after singing, talking art, driving along or walking in nature with Ellie his mood landscape changed. We would visit cafes and in true creative style plot exhibitions over tea and cake at galleries across Lancashire. Dave would oversee the framing of his pictures, write the titles and do his homework of handwriting blogs on artists for me to type up for his website.

Dave once insisted ‘the lady in the local post office has told him he needed to be on Facebook to be successful!” And so in true David persistence ‘David Burrow Artist’ Facebook was born, despite David never owning a smartphone or touching a computer key!

I have so many precious memories of being with Dave; teaching me art and how to carefully stack his paintings in the back of my car, without breaking the glass! We travelled together, putting on exhibitions at Lancashire attractions from Samlesbury Hall, The Storey, Lancaster, The Whitaker Rossendale,to Dave’s all time favourite The Mystery Tea House in Preston.

I really admire Dave. He inspired me. He was so brave. He overcame so much, loneliness and a severe long-term mental health condition that could overcome many of us. The difficult childhood and memories Dave battled, were always close by, even showing up in our last conversation. I do hope I was able to show him he was loved and reassure his gentle soul.

On reflection I didn’t realise just how much Dave’s talent, his genuine and authentic character had got under my skin (an image perfectly captured by artist Norman Long). Dave had slowly become part of my extended family, cementing his love and enduring friendship for my late mum. Nor could I have every anticipated the impact that his passing has had on me. Little did I know the gift my mum had given me, in connecting us both, continuing the art education she first encouraged in me as a little girl, as well as keeping our love strong through “Dave the Artist”. by Lou Booth.

 

IMG_3337The Artist

He left, it was his time to go,

his memory stays, and rightly so.

He’s left his mark within his art,

and left an imprint on your heart.

Mourn his passing and if you must, cry,

but smile when you remember,

he is now on high.

(by Dianne Taylor)

 

 

For those of you who have asked we are collecting for the charity close to Dave’s heart Integrate. We will also do a celebration of his life in the future when we can once again come together in person. Lou x

Account Name: Integrate (Preston and Chorley) Ltd
Sort Code: 16-28-33
Account No: 12438161
Reference: David Burrow

Success at Garstang

My opening day at Garstang Arts Centre was a success and I sold two of my paintings. My new stationary range went down a storm with greetings cards starting at £2.50 and A5 postcards at £2. If you get chance visit this charming centre for a cup of tea. Take time to enjoy art in the delightful old market town of Garstang.

 

The exhibition runs – 22nd October until 14th November 2019

Tuesday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Thursday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Saturday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Garstang Arts Centre
The Old Grammar School
Croston Road
Garstang
Lancashire
PR3 1EB
t. 01995 606648

New Autumn Exhibition

artist studioMy new exhibition at Garstang Arts Centre, brings together a collection of my original works, mainly in oil and pastel.

My subject choice includes intriguing and colourful portraits, European landscapes,  and simple still life. All work is for sale.

The exhibition is in the charming Lancashire village of Garstang. It runs from  Sunday 20th October until Thursday 14th Nov 2019 and is open on the following days. Click on my exhibition page to see more.

Tuesday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Thursday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Saturday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Cubic Interpretation of a Man

 

Happy New Year. I hope 2019 is going to be better that 2018. It was a hard year and I am am recovering. However you will be pleased to know I am painting again.

These are some of my recent paintings. Their style lies more in the realm of Synthetic Cubism, than Analytic Cubism.

They are formed by the juxtaposition of right angled planes, surmounted on top of each other. They colour scheme is not limited to the traditional monochrome of Braque and Picasso. The paintings use a wide range of colours. The background is divided, and introduces the tonality represented in the foreground figure and uses dark and light colour.

David

 

 

 

 

Cubic Rhythms Travels to Blackpool

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The Solaris Centre, Blackpool- 2 – 31 March 2018

My popular Cubic Rhythms exhibition will be on show at the The Solaris Centre during March. This was one of Blackpool’s first eco buildings. I came across it when I was living in Blackpool after a spell in hospital. It is in a fabulous location, in the heart of Blackpool’s New South Promenade.

As well as the exhibition space, Café C offers a full menu of hot and cold food along with a wide range drinks and is dog friendly!

Take the chance to savour my beloved art, refuel with some hearty food and blow the cobwebs away on Blackpool Front, I know I will!

Dave

 

Meet the Artist – The Whitaker Museum

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My Saturday afternoon was a huge success, thankyou to everyone that came along.

School Children had painted pictures, inspired by my art. They were amazing.

Carl a director at Whitaker, who I am very fond of, interviewed me and got me to reveal more of my love of Cubism and my life story. I got to meet some fabulous people including Aimee who helped me when I was poorly last year.

My Cubic Rhythms exhibition  is on display in the Main Gallery space until 11th February.

Cubic Rhythms is a blending of new and old original art to stimulate our senses and open our ears and eyes to the beauty around us.

www.thewhitaker.org/whats-on/2017/12/7/exhibition-david-burrow

Cubic Rhythms travels to Rossendale

My popular Cubic Rhythms exhibition is be shown at The Whitaker Gallery 6 December 2016. Cubic Rhythms brings together original artwork depicting musical instruments.

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Dave the Artist and Director Jackie receiving the pictures ready for the December 2017 exhibition

Cubic Rhythms is a blending of new and old original art to stimulate our senses and open our ears and eyes to the beauty around us.

Venue : THE WHITAKER HASLINGDEN ROAD, ROSSENDALE. LANCASHIRE, BB4 6RE

cubic rhythms exhibition 5- 30 October St Annes

David Burrow exhibition poster

cubic rhythms brings together original artwork depicting musical instruments.

“Manufacturing musical instruments has been spanning many centuries. Therefore the various shapes and structures employed have an erstwhile, great longevity.  The experience and skill of creating great objects that make a beautiful sound, thereby by virtue of the same principles, give superbly aesthetic harmony and beauty of appearance.”  David 

cubic rhythms is a blending of new and old original art to stimulate our senses and open our ears and eyes to the beauty around us.

Venue : Urban Art Studio 11-12 Back St. Annes Road West Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 1RD Link to Directions
Contact: General Enquiries us@urbanartsstudio.com@urbanartsstudio
Call 07931 113855

Opening hours: Wed 2- 6.30 am, Thur 4-11pm, Frid. 7pm-1am, Sat.  7pm-1am

Urban Art Studio Facebook page (link)

 

 

Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque – By George David Burrow

Picasso is my favourite all time painter, with Braque exceedingly loved and much appreciated is also a favourite as well.

Braque has great sensitivity the quality and surface of paint, oil paint, but beside oil paint he employed sand and iron-fillings. Braque’s sensuous brushwork builds up with juxtapositions and graduations of colour, tone and hue his great masterpieces like “Jug and Pitcher” “L’estaque” (see images) .

His various and many analytical cubist abstract portraits he painted working with Picasso. Examples of Fauvism Braque painted prior to his embarkation in Cubism, many of these Fauve works do not rank amongst the greatest of Braques’s work and are not my favourite. His 1920’s period of Synthetic Cubism is exciting and stimulating with superb greens and stock colour juxtaposed with marble effects, these Synthetic Cubist Still Life rank amongst his very best work (See Tate Gallery Analytic and Synthetic).

Picasso is the king because although Braque can effectively challenge Picasso for top-spot in analytical cubism, Braque never painted woman with hideous twisted faces, which Picasso so masterfully achieved.

Picasso is more of a “block invader” of the canvas as you might say in that his bold powerful blocks of colour build and invade the canvas.

Braque proceeds with gentility but firmness and enthrals us with his lovely delightful brush sensitivity.

What Picasso has in Power, Braque has in the Sensuous.

David Burrow ( August 2017)

 

Find out More about Picasso and Braque.

Pablo Picasso

Georges Braque